Who is Nina Chanel? Meet Meek Mill’s album cover artist

Darcy Rafter September 16, 2021

Meek Mill has revealed Nina Chanel is the artist behind his album cover and fans are curious to know more about the contemporary artist.

Meek Mill will release his latest project on 1 October and yesterday, 15 September 2021, announced the title and cover art behind the album.

The Philadelphia native took to social media to reveal the album is entitled Expensive Pain and shared a video of the album artwork from different angles, including Nina’s creative process.

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Who is Nina Chanel?

“My album Expensive Pain releases 10/1. Pre-save now,” Meek wrote to his Instagram fans, tagging artist Nina Chanel Abney. “It’s giving me heavy NFT VIBES!!!!” The photo above the caption displayed an original painting by Nina Chanel, which of course became Meek Mill’s album cover.

Nina Chanel Abney is a 39-year-old African-American artist based in New York. She was born in Harvey, Illinois, and raised in Chicago by her mother Karla, her aunt, and grandparents.

As her mother was also an artist, Nina took great inspiration from her, whereby Nina’s artwork now explores race, gender, pop culture and politics.

Often she and her sister were the only black children in their class. In hope of connecting with other pupils she would take requests to draw “portraits of famous black figures in pop culture”. This desire to create art continued and came to fruition.

Meet Meek Mill’s album cover artist

Nina attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, where she received a BFA with a dual major in studio art and computer science in 2004.

After graduating, she took a year off working as an assembly line worker at Ford Motor Company. After witnessing a co-worker have their leg crushed in an accident, Nina quit and began to paint every day instead.

Nina was then accepted to attend the Chicago Art Institute and the Parsons School of Design. In 2007, she received an MFA.

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Meek Mill’s album Expensive Pain

Meek Mill’s fifth studio album was announced only days after the musician hinted he was releasing something new. During a Q&A session, he answered questions about his upcoming single Sharing Locations featuring Lil Durk and Lil Baby and also suggested an album was about to drop.

“Album done so soon!” he answered a fan who wondered when Sharing Locations would come out. He has also been interactive with fans on Twitter telling one: “I’m back now!! I’m about to drop!!”

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Darcy is an experienced journalist passionate about celebrity culture and entertainment. After gaining a degree in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths University she has also become a social media specialist, always keeping informed on the latest trends. With almost five years of experience in media, her expertise is analysing platforms such as Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. When she's not tracking the latest trending content, she’s watching films and eating lots of chocolate.